Reese Witherspoon Hit by Car, and Other Stories You'll Be Talking About Today
Happy Thursday! Also in today's edition of The Broadsheet: Gatsby goes Bollywood ... An avant-garde legend passes away ... Steven Spielberg takes on a partner for Robopocalypse ... Hollywood's latest plastic-surgery nightmare fuel ... and more.
· Yikes! Reese Witherspoon was struck by an 84-year-old woman motorist Wednesday while jogging in Los Angeles. The Oscar-winner was treated for minor injuries at a nearby hospital and released. Thank goodness. Joggers everywhere, take a health and safety tip from me: Just stop exercising. [LAT]
· Baz Luhrmann is finally getting his $127 million, 3-D Great Gatsby adaptation aloft in Australia, with new cast addition Amitabh Bachchan -- yes, that Amitabh Bachchan, the inveterate Bollywood idol -- playing the "shadowy gangster" Meyer Wolfsheim. Aussies Isla Fisher and Jason Clarke have signed on as well, joining topliners Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan. [Variety]
· The gonzo/avant-garde cinema guru George Kuchar -- who, with his twin brother Mike, created a half-century's worth of no-budget curios that have influenced two generations of do-it-yourself filmmakers -- died on Tuesday following a battle with prostate cancer. He was 69. [NYT]
· Steven Spielberg and DreamWorks -- which already has partners in India's Reliance conglomerate and distributor Disney -- have now enlisted Fox's foreign-distribution muscle for his next directing project, the megabudget sci-fi blockbuster hopeful Robopocalypse. It's currently set to open July 3, 2013. Maybe Paramount can supply the craft services. [Deadline]
· Congratulations to 17-year-old Ali Lohan for her precocious, preternatural advancement to the Plastic Surgery Nightmare Hall of Fame. It's sick, it's sad, it's the Lohans. [Yahoo!]
· "Brett Cummins, a 33-year-old KARK meteorologist, woke up on Monday in a bathtub next to a corpse wearing a dog collar." Of course he did. [Huffington Post]